Google has stopped warning people about the 'dangers' of Edge

midian182

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It was reported last month that whenever someone accessed the Chrome Web Store using Edge, they were met with a message that read: “Google recommends switching to Chrome to use extensions securely.”

What’s strange is that Microsoft last year rebuilt its browser with the same Chromium platform used by Chrome, Opera, Vivaldi, and others, meaning that Edge is compatible with extensions designed for Chrome.

It looked like the warning was just anti-competitive behavior from Google. Despite Chrome taking a 67 percent share of the browser market, versus Edge’s six percent, was the search giant trying to steal more users from its competitor? Not according to the company.

Speaking to Bleeping Computer, Google said it was displaying the alert because Microsoft Edge does not support Google's Safe Browsing Feature, a service that shows users a warning message before they visit a dangerous site or download a harmful app.

While the warning never stopped Edge users from installing and running Chrome extensions, it could have convinced some people that they should switch browsers to improve security, despite both being built on Chromium.

Now, however, the warning has disappeared. When Edge users visit the Chrome store, they’re met with a message that reads: "You can now add extensions from the Chrome Web Store to Microsoft Edge -- click on 'Add to Chrome'."

It’s unclear why Google decided to change the alert—maybe it was over the negative publicity—but Microsoft isn’t a stranger to these sort of tactics, either. The Redmond firm makes Edge the default browser in Windows, tries to dissuade users when they search for and install Chrome, and a Start Menu ad recently suggested switching from Firefox to Edge.

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seeprime

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I liked Chromium Edge. Now, after testing it myself, I see that Microsoft prevaricates substantially on how much is actually cleaned out when clearing browser data. When set on Strict with everything, except passwords, set to be removed. it leave cookies, files, and cache in place for better tracking of users. Chrome, Brave, and Tor, on the same test, cleaned everything. Opera is somewhere in the middle. Microsoft lies so much that they believe they're telling the truth, and don't care about it when called out.

 

Axiarus

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I liked Chromium Edge. Now, after testing it myself, I see that Microsoft prevaricates substantially on how much is actually cleaned out when clearing browser data. When set on Strict with everything, except passwords, set to be removed. it leave cookies, files, and cache in place for better tracking of users. Chrome, Brave, and Tor, on the same test, cleaned everything. Opera is somewhere in the middle. Microsoft lies so much that they believe they're telling the truth, and don't care about it when called out.
You can manually set Edge to clear all that stuff. Non power users are not going to like when they are logged out after clearing cookies.
 

treetops

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I don't want edge and I think it's insane that they are allowed to force 720p streaming by default on anything but Microsoft software in Windows. Someone needs a spanking. Government go kick em in nuts again.
 

Axiarus

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I don't want edge and I think it's insane that they are allowed to force 720p streaming by default on anything but Microsoft software in Windows. Someone needs a spanking. Government go kick em in nuts again.
Microsoft isn't the one that forces that.
 

seeprime

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You can manually set Edge to clear all that stuff. Non power users are not going to like when they are logged out after clearing cookies.
I do. It does not actually clear everything selected. That was my point. They're exaggerating how much they respect your privacy. It's good PR, since very few actually test it.